To commemorate the ending of the 900-day Siege of Leningrad during World War II, a monument and museum were built on Victory Square to remember the heroes of Leningrad and their sacrifices to save the city. The 900 day siege caused the most destruction and the largest loss of life ever known to a modern city. In the aftermath of the Siege most of the palaces and historical landmarks were destroyed, including Catherine Palace, Peterhof Palace, with many art collections and treasures transported to Nazi Germany. This includes the famous Amber room, which has never been found… Over 1,500,000 soldiers and civilians died, more than 1,400,000 were evacuated from Leningrad and died from starvation and the cities bombardment.
The memorial is a broken ring which symbolizes the breaking of the Siege and the sacrifices that soldiers and citizens made to save their city from Nazi Germany. Below the monument there is a museum which includes documents and artifacts reminiscent of the heroism of the defenders of Leningrad, both soldiers and ordinary citizens. In the museum you can view two instructive films, based on real events. The museum also operates an electrified map «Heroic Battle of Leningrad». This attraction is a somber and quite unbelievable history of war and heroism. After visit this attraction during your own excursion or walking tour, you can better understand what the people of St Petersburg love, and why this city is really special.